Forum Index > Trail Talk > Advice for hiking in Olympus National Park in early May
 Reply to topic
Previous :: Next Topic
Author     Message
AA+
jadanforth
Member
Member


Joined: 08 Mar 2016
Posts: 4 | TRs | Pics
jadanforth
Member
PostTue Mar 08, 2016 1:26 pm 
My girlfriend and I will be visiting Seattle in early May and are looking into doing a solid day hike in Olympus National Park. We'll be spending the weekend around the park and I want to find a hike that is challenging but that won't get us in over our heads. Does anyone have a suggestion for us? I'm looking for all all hike that will leave us worn out and amazed!

--------------
Jon
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
contour5
Member
Member


Joined: 16 Jul 2003
Posts: 2876 | TRs | Pics
contour5
Member
PostTue Mar 08, 2016 1:45 pm 
Keep in mind that Olympic NP is a couple hours travel from Seattle, in most cases. Perhaps do-able as a dayhike if you start really early. Hurricane ridge might be a good option. You can stop at the visitor information center in Port Angeles to pick up permits on the way in.

The cascades are generally more amenable to day hiking from Seattle. Much closer, and less permit hassles. (You'll still need a NW forest pass or Discover pass for parking at most THs)

WTA is a good source for finding trails and figuring out permit requirements

Edit: just noticed the "couple of days" part. May can be a bit  early for getting up high- maybe look at Hoh River or the coastal beaches...

Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
jadanforth
Member
Member


Joined: 08 Mar 2016
Posts: 4 | TRs | Pics
jadanforth
Member
PostTue Mar 08, 2016 2:00 pm 
Thanks - - To clarify, we're going to spend the weekend in/around the park so we won't have too far of a drive. I'm hoping to find something that is a tough climb, but isn't going to get us mixed up with anything like a spring avalanche.

--------------
Jon
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
reststep
Member
Member


Joined: 17 Dec 2001
Posts: 4684 | TRs | Pics
reststep
Member
PostTue Mar 08, 2016 2:14 pm 
What part of May are you going to be here?

Deer  Ridge might be worth trying.  It starts in Olympic National Forest,  ends in Olympic National Park and melts out early.

You can do a search on here for "deer ridge" to see some trip reports

--------------
"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
jadanforth
Member
Member


Joined: 08 Mar 2016
Posts: 4 | TRs | Pics
jadanforth
Member
PostTue Mar 08, 2016 3:21 pm 
I'll be there the first weekend in May, so pretty early in the season.

I'll check that one out!

--------------
Jon
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
Stefan
Member
Member


Joined: 17 Dec 2001
Posts: 4857 | TRs | Pics
Stefan
Member
PostTue Mar 08, 2016 4:45 pm 
--------------
Art is an adventure.
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
RodF
Member
Member


Joined: 01 Sep 2007
Posts: 2589 | TRs | Pics
Location: Sequim WA
RodF
Member
PostWed Mar 09, 2016 4:25 pm 
Early May is in prime season for waterfalls.  "The journey is the destination"; a waterfall offers a perfect excuse for a day hike exploration!  There are dozens, hundreds, within or near Olympic NP.  For starters...

Top 10 Waterfalls Around Olympic National Park

The Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail

--------------
"of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt" - John Muir
"the wild is not the opposite of cultivated.  It is the opposite of the captivated” - Vandana Shiva
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
jadanforth
Member
Member


Joined: 08 Mar 2016
Posts: 4 | TRs | Pics
jadanforth
Member
PostThu Mar 10, 2016 10:54 am 
The waterfalls seem like a good option! We would like to see the rain forest and it seems like doing an actual climb would keep us largely above the forest.

What would be perfect would be a hike that starts in the rain forest that takes us up to a peak. Any ideas for that?

--------------
Jon
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
meck
Member
Member


Joined: 31 Dec 2010
Posts: 865 | TRs | Pics
meck
Member
PostThu Mar 10, 2016 5:01 pm 
Well depending on snow conditions a few options come to mind for rainforest-to-peak hikes (note the trail length varies but most would be over 15 miles round trip):
1. SolDuc TH up to Appleton Pass (lush forest up to an alpine pass)
1.b SolDuc TH to Deer Lake, maybe Bogachiel Peak too (snow slopes could be bad)
2. Staircase TH up to Gladys Divide via Flapjack Lakes, maybe Mt Gladys too (long roundtrip!, expect much snow up to Gladys Divide)
3. Colonel Bob from Lake Quinault (I have no personal experience with this one, but its starts near the excellent Quinault drainage and rain forest)

The snow could really be problematic though on any of peaks over, say 4k, if you don't have the right footwear available (boots, gaiters, potentially snowshoes and possibly crampons too).  Depending on conditions, as your visit date approaches, I would recommend option 1 since the trail is pretty good all the way to Appleton Pass, the pass is broad with excellent views and good for exploring, and if you get turned around there are some excellent waterfalls along the way through the deep green forest.

--------------
*Just say NO to Rent-Seeking, don't give up the concept of "ownership"*
Back to top Reply to topic Reply with quote Send private message
   All times are GMT - 8 Hours
 Reply to topic
Forum Index > Trail Talk > Advice for hiking in Olympus National Park in early May
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy